May 28, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Seventh-seeded Oregon State defeated tenth-seeded California twice Sunday to advance to the Women's College World Series. The Bears (48-14) ended their season with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Beavers (43-14) in front of 736 at OSU Softball Complex in the Corvallis Super Regional. Oregon State won the first game Sunday, 3-0. The Bears opened the best-of-three series with a 2-1 victory over the Beavers, Friday.
The Beavers didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard in Game 3, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. OSU's first three batters singled to load the bases. Designated player Vanessa Iapala then hit a sacrifice fly allowing lead-off hitter Cambria Miranda to touch home.
This will be the first time in eight years that Cal won't be making the trip to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Bears had advanced in each of the past seven seasons. It will be the first appearance in the WCWS for Oregon State.
Sophomore Chloe Kloezeman singled in the fifth inning to break up the no-hitter for OSU junior Brianne McGowan (29-7). The Beaver pitcher struck out nine Bears.
Senior Kristina Thorson started both games Sunday, striking out 11 and giving up 12 hits.
Oregon State won the first game Sunday 3-0. The Beavers scored two quick runs in the top of the first inning. Miranda and Mia Longfellow led off the game with back-to-back singles. Lisa Allen drove in Miranda on a single through the infield. Longfellow scored when Iapala singled to left field. OSU scored its third run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single from Longfellow. The Beavers picked up six hits in the first four innings, including four in the opening frame.
Thorson took the loss, throwing the first four innings, giving up two runs on six hits. Freshman Lauren Frankiewicz entered the game in the top of the fifth, her first time in the circle since May 6 at Arizona State. Frankiewicz got three consecutive outs in that inning - a fly-out, a strikeout and a groundout. She gave up one run on three hits in three innings of work.
The Bears had runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman Gina Leomiti got on base on a Beaver error. She advanced to third on a two-out single from freshman Carly Winger, who advanced to second on the play. OSU got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Cal stranded two runners on base in the sixth inning as well. James led off with a single and moved to second on a two-out single from sophomore Katie Vickers. The Bears grounded out to end the inning.
Cal tallied six hits in Game 2. Winger picked up two singles. James, who has hit in all five of Cal's postseason games, also hit two singles.
This is the second consecutive year the Bears have waited through rain delays in the Super Regional round. Last year, the Bears played the second round in Baylor. Cal opened with an 8-0, six-inning win. On the second day, the teams waited through a six-hour rain delay before beginning the second game. Baylor won that contest, 4-1, but Cal came back for a 7-1 victory in the third and decisive game.